By the beard of Odin!
Had I known I would be inviting body blows from both Jack Dempsey and Marvin Hagler, I would have perhaps chosen my words a bit more carefully.
But really, gentlemen. There is no need to insult me by implying that I am a liberal, or that I read “neo-Confederate rags”. And “anti-Lincoln”?! Good thing I didn’t quote 1 Peter 2:18, or I might be accused of being anti-Christ as well.
In fact, although Lincoln was not my favorite US president (I am more partial to the other three individuals depicted on Mt. Rushmore), I bear Mr. Lincoln no particular ill will. He was, I suppose, a brilliant politician who achieved his aims at a terrible cost. What these aims were is a matter of some debate. Personally, I do not believe that he committed the nation to a bloody Civil War primarily to “free the slaves”, any more than I believe that the primary concern of the planners of “Operation Iraqi Freedom” was necessarily the freedom of the Iraqi people.
As for the fine quotes provided by you both, demonstrating that Lincoln in fact abhorred the institution of slavery and hoped for the equality of all men, well, I can provide you with practically the same quotes by Thomas Jefferson nearly a century earlier, and we all know what a notorious slaveholder he was.
To be fair, I can also give you some of Jefferson’s other quotes, which make him out to be just as insulting and condescending toward the black race as any Aryan Nation disciple today. Although Jefferson is one of my heroes, I don’t endorse his views on blacks, any more than you probably endorse the equivalent views expressed by Mr Lincoln, regardless of historical context.
I concede that Lincoln was speaking the language of his day, to an audience that probably held these comments to be true even more than Lincoln did himself. The same can be said for his use of racial slurs (of which, I confess, Jack, I have no comprehensive log).
The original point in my post above was not, in fact, to “prove” that Lincoln was a racist, only to suggest that he could be (and has been) considered one by today’s politically-correct standards. That, and to suggest that John Wilkes Booth did not kill Lincoln for allowing blacks the vote, as was claimed, but rather because Lincoln was responsible, in Booth’s mind, for the destruction and humiliation of the South.